The famous white uniform of the railway station master and the black coat of the ticket checker, immortalized by many Bollywood films, is soon set to become a thing of the past.
The railways has roped in ace fashion designer of international repute, Ritu Beri, to design a new set of uniforms for its employees.
Railways board spokesperson Anil Saxena said, “Designer Ritu Beri will design uniforms for our many of our employees including the station master, loco pilot, train ticket examiner and guards. The agenda is to get new uniforms for all employees who interact directly with the passengers.”
The plan for the new uniforms is to incorporate both traditional and modern elements. Therefore the new uniforms will have both sarees and T-shirts. She is also set to introduce a new set of uniforms for all railway employees across all posts. However, Beri’s design expertise is not going to be a setback for the railways as the designer has offered her services for free. She will be presenting her designs in July.
The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has offered to supply material for the uniforms. Union Minister for micro and small enterprises Shri Kalraj Mishra confirmed this for Mirror. The KVC already supplies blankets and bedsheets to the railways.
Earlier railways had roped in NIFT for designing interior of coaches and selecting colour scheme for new trains like Tejas, Hamsafar and Uday service.
Apart from this, the railways is also trying to bring in novel ideas to increase their non-ticket revenue. Having endorsements and sponsors for the new uniforms is a step forward towards this direction.
“The non-fare box revenue (NFR) directorate is looking at advertisements at stations, commercial use of vacant land and space rights over station buildings, including station redevelopment, advertisements on coaches and locos, sponsorship of uniforms for railway personnel, hoardings on land alongside tracks, commercial farming along tracks, monetisation of soft assets, including revenue from advertisements on websites and parking of vehicles on railway land, among other things,” Saxena added.